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Oddities News Archive - June 04, 2009

Police in Connecticut said a new driver crashed into a Taco Bell restaurant directly under the Drive-Thru Open sign. Sgt.

Police in Nebraska said an employee of a local newspaper placed fake ads in the paper in an attempt to get paid more money. Officer Katie Flood said Sandra Anderson was hired as an advertising salesperson for the Lincoln Weekly by Roger Yant, who founded the paper in January, KOLN-TV, Lincoln, Neb., reported Thursday. Flood said Anderson, whose pay was variable depending on the size of the paper, brought in several ads that Yant later discovered were not ordered or paid for by any businesses. Anderson is believed to have placed about $12,000 in fake ads in the newspaper, Flood said.

Builders in London discovered an intact 17th century witch bottle, a wine jug containing hair, finger nail clippings, pins and urine, researchers said. The researchers told British Archeology that the bottle, believed to be the first found with its contents intact, was discovered at a construction site

A Florida man struggling to sell his $699,000 downtown Orlando house said he is offering an incentive with the home -- a vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Jim Benson, 81, said his home has been on the market for the past year and a half without any serious buyers so he began putting up yard signs offering the 1967 car for free to whoever buys the house, the Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday. Someone who might want a classic home might appreciate a classic auto to go with it, Benson said.

Neighbors of Arizona's San Tan Mountain Regional Park complained that they were not warned before authorities used the park to detonate a grenade. Alden Rosbrook said the explosion late in the evening May 22 knocked pictures off the wall of his home while he was watching TV with his wife, the East Valley Tribune of Mesa, Ariz., reported Thursday. I thought a bomb had been thrown through our Arcadia door, Rosbrook said.

New York based bathing suit label Rosa Cha Atelier's said a line of expensive bikinis are selling quickly despite the fact that they can't get wet. Christina Delice, manager of the Rosa Cha store in New York, said the store has already sold out of a $1,200 leather bathing suit and a $1,900 caftan but a $3,200 one-piece featuring Swarovski crystals and a $1,200 crystal bikini from this year's collection are still available, the New York Post reported Thursday. Delice said the bathing suits, which are for sunbathing only, are geared toward women with several homes who frequent the Brazilian bathing-suit outpost in the city's SoHo neighborhood. The people that buy the pieces are people who, well, can definitely afford these kinds of items, she said.

A man who won $18 million from the city of New York after he was paralyzed in a ferry crash has asked that he be allowed to increase his lawyer's pay. James McMillan, who was paralyzed when his neck was broken in the 2003 Staten Island ferry crash, was awarded $22.9 million by a federal jury in September, with a chunk of the payout promised to his lawyer, Evan Torgan.

Police in suburban Chicago said a man who recognized his wife grabbing a child's money in security camera footage identified her for authorities. Deerfield, Ill., Deputy Police Chief Tom Keane said the man approached a patrol officer after recognizing his wife in the Baskin-Robbins security footage and told the officer that she was the culprit in the May 15 incident, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday. All of a sudden a guy says, 'Hey, I think you're looking for my wife,' Keane said. Police said the security camera footage depicts a 12-year-old girl setting a $20 bill on the ice cream shop's counter while mulling over her choices.

A New Jersey man who cut off his pinky finger when his mother tapped him on the shoulder was awarded $95,500 plus nearly $20,000 in medical expenses by a jury. Court papers state John Garrity was working with a miter saw in the Wayne garage belonging to his mother, Nancy, in 2006 when she tapped him on the shoulder.

Police in Pennsylvania said a beekeeper successfully relocated a 4-inch-thick swarm of 7,000 to 8,000 bees from a resident's fence. Southwest Regional police Chief John Hartman said he was awed by the sight of the bees when he and other police arrived at the scene of the swarm outside Bernadette Rodger's Belle Vernon home, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Thursday. It looked like a rug hanging over the fence, Hartman said.

Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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